Happy Birthday Maya!

Maya and her sister blowing out the candles on a birthday cake when they were children.

Maya (r) with her sister Lisa (l).

Today is Maya’s birthday!

Maya Dusenbery is Feministing’s Executive Director of Editorial, which means she has the big responsibility of overseeing the content that goes up on this site every day. If you’ve noticed a major uptick in brilliant, well-edited thought pieces recently, and that shorter posts are extra snappy and powerful, that’s down to Maya’s leadership. Maya keeps the site compelling, relevant, and strong. She’s a wonderful editor to work with — the crew consistently comments that she gives feedback that makes our writing better while preserving the integrity of our voices. Maya, Lori Adelman, and myself stepped into leadership here at Feministing last August, and getting to work so closely with these two ladies is one of the great privileges of my life. Maya is a level-headed voice of wisdom who always keeps us moving forward in smart, thoughtful ways. Not to mention she’s a beast at getting ish done. 

In just the past year, Maya’s offered 5 alternative theories to the claim that a more equal marriage means less sex, brought us great coverage of Wendy Davis’ filibuster in Texas, written about gay men, stereotypes, and masculinity at The Atlantic, brought us the good news that patriarchy is over (sadly this post was published on April 1st), and so so much more.

In addition to being a writing, editing, and Executive-Directing powerhouse, Maya is a bomb-ass cook, a giant nerd who makes Buffy references in posts without even noticing, and Feministing’s in-house expert on all things related to romantic communications. And she’s one of my favorite people.

Please join me and whole the Feministing crew in wishing Maya a very happy birthday in the comments or on the twitters.

Jos Truitt Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Jos Truitt is Executive Director of Development at Feministing. She joined the team in July 2009, became an Editor in August 2011, and Executive Director in September 2013. She writes about a range of topics including transgender issues, abortion access, and media representation. Jos first got involved with organizing when she led a walk out against the Iraq war at her high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She was introduced to the reproductive justice movement while at Hampshire College, where she organized the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program’s annual reproductive justice conference. She has worked on the National Abortion Federation’s hotline, was a Field Organizer at Choice USA, and has volunteered as a Pro-Choice Clinic Escort. Jos has written for publications including The Guardian, Bilerico, RH Reality Check, Metro Weekly, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She has spoken and trained at numerous national conferences and college campuses about trans issues, reproductive justice, blogging, feminism, and grassroots organizing. Jos completed her MFA in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2013. In her "spare time" she likes to bake and work on projects about mermaids.

Jos Truitt is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Development.

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